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The Tortured (2012)

The Tortured




Release Date

June 15, 2012 (NY)


79 min.

Production Budget

$8.5 millions


IFC Films

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Robert Lieberman


Carl Mazzocone, Mark Burg, Oren Koules, Marek Posival


Marek Posivall



Craig and Elise had all the ingredients for an ideal life: a great marriage, a wonderful five-year-old son, a charming home and a bright future.

Then, on one sunny day, their perfect world is irrevocably shattered . Leaving their five year old son, Ben, alone for only a moment, Craig is horrified to see him being abducted from their own front yard. Sadly, the desperate police search for the kidnapper proves to be in vain when the child is found dead. Craig is wracked with guilt and Elise cannot forgive him. Their relationship crumbles under the strain and Elise moves out – leaving each of them alone in their private hell.

Months later, a chance tip leads police to the suspect's door, catching him red-handed with another victim. Although Ben's murderer is soon brought to trial, the grieving parents are stunned when his sentence is considerably reduced by a plea bargain. Utterly shocked and reunited by their outrage, Craig and Elise agree that they cannot live another day until they rectify this miscarriage of justice. Together they decide to seek their own retribution, hatching a plot to kidnap the man and subject him to the same monstrous acts he perpetrated against their helpless son.

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Jesse Metcalfe stars as Craig Landry and Erika Christensen stars as Elise Landry in IFC Films' The Tortured (2012). Photo credit by Bob Akester.
Erika Christensen, Jesse Metcalfe and Bill Lippincott in IFC Films' The Tortured (2012). Photo credit by Bob Akester.

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“..this wearying entry in the canon suggests only that ferreting out new ways to inflict pain requires more imagination than anyone on hand realized..”
by Jeannette Catsoulis [New York Times]
“..it's bluntly written, poorly shot and edited, and cruel without being clever. Expect to see it in DVD bargain bins imminently..”
by Elizabeth Weitzman [New York Daily News]